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At the twilight of the Stone Age, an isolated village of stonemasons lives in relative prosperity. A young man, a one-armed dreamer unable to work the stone, becomes the village story-teller. Venturing outside the village for inspiration, he finds the tale of a metal that will change their lives.
Born in London in 1946, Jim Crace has lived in Birmingham for many years. He is the author of seven novels (all available in Penguin) including Quarantine and Being Dead. He has received the Whitbread First Novel Award, the E.M.Forster Award, the Guardian Fiction Award, the US National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award, and the Whitbread Fiction Prize. Quarantine was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.